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    Default Chef on a Shoestring!

    Spiggan wrote about how to eat well on little money on another thread and it gave me the idea for all of us to share our great tasting, easy on the wallet recipes.
    Here's a recipe my Mom made when I was young. It's cheap, easy to make and tastes good!

    Poor Man's Stroganov

    1 lb. ground beef, cooked and drained.
    1 small onion diced
    1 tub sour cream
    1 jar mushrooms (if desired)
    cooked rice

    Cook meat and onion together until done; drain grease
    Add sour cream and mushrooms.
    Cook over medium heat until bubbly.
    Serve over bed of cooked rice.
    Salt and Pepper to taste.

    Bread or rolls go well with this dish.
    I double this recipe for my family of 7.

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    FRIED PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY
    SANDWICHES

    Fry one or more for lunch or a quick supper for the kids.
    Spread bread with peanut butter and jelly, top and dip into French toast batter. Fry in hot grease.


    FRENCH TOAST BATTER:

    2 beaten eggs with 1 tbsp. flour added
    1 c. evaporated milk or Milnot
    1 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. sugar

    Make batter and dip sandwich into batter quickly. Do not let stand as it makes the bread soggy. Fry in deep fat until golden brown. Drain on paper towel and can be sprinkle with powdered sugar. This is enough batter for 10 pieces of bread.

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    Oven Crispy Chicken Recipe
    4 Servings, about 4 ounces each

    Broiler fryer chicken, cut up 1-1/2 pounds
    Whole milk 1 /4 cup
    Flour 1/2 cup
    Paprika 1 teaspoon
    Pepper 1/2 teaspoon
    Ready-to-eat flake cereal, slightly crushed 1 cup
    Vegetable oil 4 tablespoons



    1. Remove skin and all visible fat from chicken. Place milk in large bowl. Add chicken pieces; turn to coat.

    2. Combine flour, paprika, and pepper on a plate.

    3. Lift chicken pieces from milk and reserve milk. Coat chicken thoroughly with seasoned flour and place on a wire rack until all pieces have been coated. Redip chicken pieces into reserved milk.

    4. Place crushed cereal on plate. Place chicken pieces on crushed cereal. Using 2 forks, turn chicken pieces in crushed cereal to coat.

    5. Place chicken on a foil-lined baking tray; drizzle oil over chicken.

    6. Bake at 400° F, for 15 minutes. Turn chicken pieces over; continue to bake until chicken is thoroughly cooked and crust is crisp, about 15 more minutes.
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    Pizza Meat Loaf Recipe
    4 Servings, abo1/4 loaf each

    Ground turkey 1 pound
    Spaghetti sauce 3/4 cup
    Mozzarella cheese, part-skim 1/4 cup
    Green peppers, chopped 1/2 cup
    Onion, minced 1/4 cup


    1. Lightly grease 9-inch pie plate with vegetable oil. Pat turkey into pie plate.

    2. Place turkey n 350° F oven; bake until turkey no longer remains pink, about 17 to 20 minutes
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    Crockpot BBQ Chicken
    1 cut up chicken or just your favorite pieces
    2 cups barbecue sauce or a jar of your favorite store-bought

    Put the chicken in the crockpot and cover with the barbecue sauce. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.


    both cheap and easy!!

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    Orange-Juiced Pork Chops



    1 (6 ounce) can frozen orange juice, undiluted
    1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
    1 teaspoon soy sauce
    2 tablespoons cornstarch
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    (6) 1-inch thick boneless, center-cut pork chops



    Combine all ingredients, except the meat, in the crock. Stir well.
    Add the meat and stir well to coat. Cover and cook on Low 6-8 hours
    or High 3 hours

    I use teryiaki sauce instead of soy and flour instead of cornstarch (mostly because I don't have any cornstarch.) Serve with steamed rice. Tasty and delicious, plus it smells good while cooking
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    Macaroni Salad Recipe
    4 Servings, 1-1/2 cups each

    Elbow macaroni, uncooked 12 ounces
    Green pepper, chopped 1/2 cup
    Salad dressing, mayonnaise-type 1/2 cup
    Pepper 1/2 teaspoon
    Garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon

    1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and cool.

    2. Combine green pepper, salad dressing, and spices.

    3. Add macaroni and toss lightly. Chill.
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    Tuna Casserole

    Ingredients
    1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni (uncooked)
    1 can condensed mushroom soup
    2 tablespoons cheddar cheese powder
    1 can flaked tuna
    1/4 cup milk
    1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 tablespoon margarine
    Optional Additions
    1 can sliced mushrooms
    or 1 can peas
    1/2 teaspoon pepper or other spices (to your taste, after all, you're cooking it, not me!)
    Cooking Equipment Needed
    Medium Size Pot
    Large Casserole or baking dish with lid
    Strainer
    Spoon, can opener, measuring cup
    Warm your oven to 375 F

    (The stove and oven should not have to be mentioned, right?)



    Step One: Fill the pot about 3/4 full with cold water and the salt and boil it. When it reaches the boiling point add the macaroni. Turn it down to what they call a rolling boil. That's about halfway from "high" and "medium" temperature on the stove. You're gonna cook the macaroni until it's a little soft, about 7 minutes. Take your spoon and grab a few, if they are soft (don't burn your mouth!) then they are ready. Strain out the water and check out step two.

    Step Two (do some of this while the macaroni is cooking): Into your casserole or baking dish put the tuna (after you've strained it of the tuna water, the tuna water makes a nice treat for your cat if you have one, and if it does it's business outside, otherwise just dump the tuna juice down the drain, you don't want to have kitty diarrhea inside!) the mushroom soup, the milk, margarine, the cheddar cheese powder and any of the optional ingredients you may be using. Stir it all up real nice and then add your cooked (and still hot!) macaroni. Stir it all up again so it's nice and mixed, then with your spoon flatten down the top. Don't pound it down, just smooth the top. Then add your grated cheddar cheese to the top, put the lid on the casserole or baking dish and pop it into the oven for about 25 minutes total. At 15 cooked minutes remove the lid so the cheese on top will melt nicely. When the 25 minutes is up, you should have a slightly bubbly cheddar cheese top to the tuna casserole and that means it's done!

    Total Cost: Approximately 90 cents per person when feeding 4 adults. Be sure to use all the cheap ingredients that you can find, the tuna and cheese will cover it all up anyways.(They said that...not snowqueen!!!)

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    Thanks everyone! I can't wait to try some of these!! Keep them coming!!

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    Quickest and Cheapest,
    My Faxorite Buttermilk bread and 2% Milk.
    1. Tare bread up
    2. Put in Bowl
    3. Pour In Milk
    4. Eat
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